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Advanced test site for future mobility opens in Ohio

The US Transportation Research Centre has inaugurated its new SmartCentre for testing automated and connected vehicles in a safe and repeatable real-world environment.

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One of the movable intersections at the advanced TRC test site in Ohio
One of the movable intersections at the advanced TRC test site in Ohio

The US Transportation Research Centre (TRC) has unveiled a state-of-the-art automated and connected vehicle-testing facility in Ohio.

 

According to TRC, the SmartCentre situated on a 540-acre site gives transportation innovators “unparalleled opportunities” to test advanced automotive and mobility technologies in a safe, secure and repeatable real-world environment.

 

Five years in the planning

 

Funding for the $45m project has been provided by the State of Ohio, JobsOhio and the Ohio State University.

 

“Opening of the SmartCentre, after more than five years of collaborative planning with our industry partners, provides an important enhancement to TRC’s robust portfolio of testing and research capabilities, serving to benefit those pioneering exciting innovations in connected and automated mobility,” said Brett Roubinek, president and CEO of TRC.

 

“We are proud to inaugurate this new and unexcelled testing facility.”

 

The test centre is designed to provide a high degree of flexibility in a controlled variety of real-world scenarios for all types of passenger and commercial vehicles before the vehicles are deployed on public roads and highways.

“This new facility will attract the innovative people and businesses we need to compete for and bring global automated-driving technology investment to Ohio”

Supported by TRC’s other service offerings, the centre is the largest, most comprehensive contained testing site in North America for advanced vehicle technologies and features:

  • the longest (1.2 miles) and widest (six lanes) connected, signalised intersection in the industry
  • an urban network consisting of movable intersections, roundabouts, and oblique intersection scenarios
  • more than 1.1 million square feet of pavement equaling 18.5 lane miles
  • a 10,000-square-foot control building with garage and office space
  • full site access to dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and high-speed wireless communication
  • and an underground power distribution and fibre network to support current and future test technologies

“Ohio is making the tech infrastructure investments that are putting us in a position to be a leader in automated driving technologies,” added Jon Husted, lieutenant governor of Ohio, who also serves as director of InnovateOhio.

 

“This new facility will attract the innovative people and businesses we need to compete for and bring global automated-driving technology investment to Ohio.”

 

TRC provides a range of engineering, research and development, and compliance and certification testing for the mobility industry. With 40 years of engineering expertise and industry knowledge it aims to serves the needs of industries, governments, trade associations, and educational institutions worldwide.

 

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